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There are few better ways to boost mental health than with a good dose of nature. Over the years, I have often turned to the National Park Service for such inspiration and awe.
With 62 national parks established throughout the U.S. and its territories, many clients may be able to reach one of these protected areas by car. Located three hours away from my home base of Los Angeles is Joshua Tree National Park, which was elevated from national monument status in 1994.
The yucca brevifolia, better known as a Joshua tree, is the park’s most famous inhabitant. However, this vast area of the Mohave Desert also offers a wide variety of flora and fauna, in addition to dramatic vistas.
I timed my trip to take place during a moonless night — a time of the month when stars best reveal themselves.